Old map puts together pieces of our history

THE oldest known map of one of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful valleys has been saved for posterity by the county council.

The map depicting Swaledale was drawn in about 1707 to settle a dispute over the ownership of lead mining rights.

It was bought by the council’s County Records Office, based in Northallerton, in February for 1,000 and will be kept in carefully controlled conditions.


County Coun Chris Metcalfe said: “Historians were unaware of the map’s existence until it appeared recently in a dealer’s catalogue. This map is a unique and precious part of our heritage and we are extremely pleased we have been able to preserve it for future generations.”

The map reveals previously unavailable information about the size and location of settlements and access rights on the moor, including the right to graze stock, gather heather – which was used for thatch – and dig peat, which was used for fuel.

The 35-inch long map, which is drawn on sheepskin parchment, has already given rise to a lot of interest – not only from specialists, but from people who live in Swaledale or visit the area.

Although the original is locked away, the public will be able to study the details for themselves after an exact copy of the map was presented to Swaledale Museum, in Reeth, on Tuesday.

County Coun John Blackie presents the copy of the 300-year-old map to curator Helen Bainbridge and Friends of the Swaledale Museum. (S)

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Opinion: Digital Divide to Only be Closed with Fast Speed Broadband and Charity


Technology has always been known as a double-edged sword, and rightly so.

Despite the fact that innovation has endlessly built up the general human presence, it has additionally concocted the gadgets to kill mass individuals in a brief span outline, something that was unthinkable at one purpose of time.

However, despite all that, there exists a wide digital divide that needs to be closed. This can only be done via high speed internet says Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake.

The proponent of this idea wonder, what if the cure for cancer is in the brains of someone who cannot afford education. In that case, internet is our best shot of educating the masses.

Closing the Digital Divide

We all know that providing fast speed internet is only one part o the puzzle. The other is to provide the instruments for this to work. This includes, providing a PC, or a laptop.

There are very few technology companies and individual out there that are actually making a positive step toward closing the digital divide. A perfect example of an individual who is doing his part to empowering the masses goes by the name of AlphaGenesis. He is the owner at http://www.bestthinbezelmonitor.com. Every year, he provides a $1,000 scholarship to a someone who is need. The first to closing the digital divide is to understand, that we all need to be a bit more giving.
This is only one example of a vase majority of small individual who are doing their part.

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Staff from Northallerton College sing for charity.

College staff hit Christmas high note
STAFF at Northallerton College proved to be in fine voice when they belted out Christmas carols and raised cash for charity to the tune of £500.
They spent morning break-time entertaining students with their renditions of Yuletide timeless classics.
Senior staff, in fancy dress ranging from Santa and his elves to Elvis, collected donations to raise much needed funds for the Butterwick Hospice movement.
Vice-principal John Kelly said: “Staff have been great and spent hours rehearsing for what proved to be a pretty impressive performance.
“Students were very supportive and we raised a lot of money in a short time for an extremely good cause.”

Opinion: Northallerton Needs to Up Their Cycling


Northallerton has been declared as one of the cleanest and tidiest market town in North Yorkshire, England. We hold this idea in great pride as we try to become the greenest town as well.

We do not have a large population, so it makes it all the more easier for us to take a stand.

We are a center of trade and transport, now we must become the center of a greener future for England.

How is this possible?

As daunting as it may sound, it really is possible. Most of cities around Europe are actively changing their habits to make an impact.

One of the first things that we need to figure out is how to reduce this:

For starters, we can start commuting on bicycles. We do have a few bicycle shops that sell some of the best hybrid bikes and road bikes.

We can start that change right away as these bikes are far cheaper than any car. It would be just a fraction of your annual fuel consumption. Plus, it is a move toward a healthier lifestyle.

What about the visitors?

So here is the problem. Even if we make all the necessary changes in life, how do we stop visitors from breaking our commitments. After all, we a market town. We can try resorting to greener taxis, but that’ll just add to the town expenses.

This is something that we can definitely discuss in the town hall meetings.